Mary Stuart
Drama

Duke of Yorks Theatre

Mary Stuart

13 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

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Two queens. One in power. One in prison.
It’s all in the execution.


Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days.

Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson will play both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, decided each night by the toss of a coin.

The Almeida's hit transfers to the West End with both its leads.

“Ferociously good... Genuinely moving... Rich, multilayered, and deeply human... Williams and Stevenson deliver.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Explosive... Icke’s adaptation is sculptural, rich and incisive... Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams are mighty... Electrifying.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Chilling, thrilling production with two fine, fierce actors alternating in the leads... Pulses with contemporary nuance.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, Express)

“It's a striking view and in Icke's own translation of Schiller's original, beautifully carried through... Gripping stuff.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Daring take on Schiller’s great verse tragedy... A disturbingly topical exploration of the haphazardness of politics.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Nerve-shreddingly intense... Dense, gripping... Savagely elegant... The politics of the past startlingly reflect the present.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Extraordinarily gripping, edge-of-your-seat version of Schiller's great play... Stevenson and Williams are exceptional.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Would be unbearably dull were it not for the superb performances from both actresses and the ensemble around them.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Daring take on Schiller’s great verse tragedy... emphasises that the characters really are two sides of one coin... Topical.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“The conceit is a canny one... Icke brings the innate symmetries in Schiller’s liberty-taking version of events to the fore.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Stevenson and Williams memorably confirm that Elizabeth and Mary are two sides of the same regal coin.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

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